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Religious Jews travel far and wide to visit the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in Ukraine each Rosh Hashanah
BY Marc Shapiro
August 21, 2013

Each Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Jews travel to Uman, a small town in Ukraine, where the plumbing is outdated, the environment is hostile and the main attraction is overcrowded. Many stay in tents in close quarters with one another. But kvetching is kept to a minimum. Why? They’re all there to visit the grave of CONTINUE »

University of Haifa, Ruderman Family Foundation launch new American Jewish Studies program
BY Jeffrey F. Barken and Jacob Kamaras
August 21, 2013

Jay Ruderman has observed for years that when American Jewish leaders visit Israel or when Israeli leaders visit the United States, the conversation is “always about Israel” and how the Jewish state relates to Iran, Syria and the Palestinians, among others. What’s happening in the American Jewish community and how those events impact future support CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
August 20, 2013

The city of Brussels refused to register the name of a locally born Israeli baby because Jerusalem does not appear on a list of approved names for children born in the country. Hagar and Alinadav Hyman, Israelis who have lived and worked in Brussels for the last three years, decided to name their first-born Alma CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
August 20, 2013

The Israeli government has advised Israelis and all Jews to avoid travel to several countries, including Egypt and Turkey, during the High Holidays, a popular time for leisure travel. An advisory from the Prime Minister Office’s counterterrorism bureau warned that terrorists and terror groups such as al-Qaida might try to attack Jewish and Israeli targets CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
August 18, 2013

The number of anti-Semitic attacks reported last year in Belgium reached its highest level since 2009, according to an annual report. Anti-racism volunteers registered 80 anti-Semitic incidents throughout Belgium in 2012, according to a report released this month by the Antisemitsm.Be watchdog group. The figure represents a 23 percent increase over 2011. The 80 attacks CONTINUE »